Warriors ambush Lions 50-0

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Westside's offense exploded for seven touchdowns while the Warrior defense created six Manila turnovers in a 50-0 rout of the Lions in non-conference football action Friday night at Manila.

Sophomore Brian Borden tries to cut up field Friday night against the Westside Warriors.

The Warriors got touchdowns from six different players while rolling to 418 yards of total offense. On the defensive side of the ball, Westside took advantage of four Manila fumbles while picking off two Lion passes in limiting Manila to just 104 yards of offense on the night.

"I really don't have a lot to say," said Manila Coach Toby Doke. "Our kids have just got to learn that a football game is four quarters. It's a physical game and you are going to face adversity. We've got to learn to respond to it. Westside played well. They were physical and they really got after us. They just kicked our tails all over the football field. This is a game we thought we matched up well with, but we didn't get any breaks. We couldn't move the ball on offense, so they were just able to dominate us all night."

Westside scored their first touchdown on a one yard scamper by fullback Jordan Fowler to give the Warriors a 6-0 lead with 6:13 left in the opening period. Westside threatened on their next two possessions, but Manila's Brian Borden intercepted Westside quarterback Ethan Clark deep in Lion territory on both occasions to stop the Warrior drives.

Manila quarterback Josh Miles is swarmed by a host of Westside Warriors.

Westside got on the board again midway through the second quarter with a four yard touchdown run by senior halfback Brandon Rouse. Clark ran in the two point conversion to give the Warriors a 14-0 advantage with 8:24 left in the half.

Westside drove to the Manila 13 yard line on their next possession, but Steven Green thwarted the Warrior threat by intercepting Clark.

After an eight yard loss on first down shoved Manila back to their own five yard line, the Lions finally began to move the football. Quarterback Josh Miles threw a five yard pass to Green, and on third down, Miles hooked up with sophomore wide receiver Tracey Reinhart for a 57 yard pass play down to the Warrior 33 yard line. Another completion from Miles to Reinhart and a 16 yard run by Green gave the Lions a first down at the Warrior 12, with the clock winding down in the first half. Miles picked up a couple of yards on first down, but a procedure penalty pushed the Lions back to the 15 yard line, setting up a third and 13 with just under 2:00 left in the half. Miles' third down pass toward the left corner of the end zone was intercepted by Westside's Josh Madden, killing the Lion drive at the Warrior six yard line.

Manila Coach Toby Doke called time out after the interception, hoping to force the Warriors into a mistake, but the strategy backfired when Westside marched the length of the field to score a touchdown with 11 seconds left, giving the Warriors a 20-0 halftime lead and all the momentum with it. The Warriors appeared to be satisfied running the clock out, but a 15 yard run by Tyler Lloyd followed by a 67 yard scamper from Trevor Moore set Westside up at the Lion 12 yard line. Clark found Moore all alone in the end zone on a 12 yard pass over the middle to give the Warriors their 20 point advantage at the half.

A trio of Lions tackle Westside's Jordan Fowler in senior high football action Friday night at Manila.

"It was probably a stupid time out because they got an extra touchdown out of it and it pretty much took the wind out of us," said Doke.

The second half belonged all to Westside, as the Warriors tacked on four more scores to secure the blow-out victory. Clark connected with Tyler Hibbs on a 30 yard strike, putting Westside up 28-0, followed by a nine yard touchdown gallop by Moore for his second touchdown of the game to make the score 34-0.

Westside struck again with an eight yard touchdown run by Lloyd to give the Warriors a 42-0 bulge late in the third period. Westside scored their final touchdown early in the fourth quarter on a nine yard run by Josh Goodon. Jordan Doss ran in the two point conversion to set the final score, pushing the Warriors to 2-0 on the season while Manila saw their record drop to 1-1.

"Our kids have to learn when things don't go our way, we have to make a play for ourselves," said Doke. "We have to make something happen for ourselves. We had our opportunities to make plays but just didn't take advantage of them."

"This is the biggest win for us in the three years since I have been here," said Westside Coach Scott Morgan. "We had a lot of goals set going into this game, and we achieved all of them. We kind of got off to a sluggish start with some early turnovers, but we picked it up in the second quarter and after that everything just clicked. We are extremely happy right now, especially for our seniors. They have had to go through quite a lot in their careers, but they see that the effort is worth it and we are hoping to go into our conference opener undefeated."

Miles finished the night 7-15 through the air for 98 yards with two interceptions. Reinhart led the Lions in receiving with three catches for 69 yards. Green caught two passes for nine yards while Borden and Frankie Cowgill each caught one pass apiece.

Manila was held to just six yards net rushing on 23 carries. Green led the Lions with 23 yards on six totes. Cowgill and Blake Nimeth both had one carry for four yards each.

Westside used a balance rushing attack to roll up 302 yards on the ground on 36 carries while scoring five times. Moore led the way with 75 yards on five carries and a touchdown. Fowler had five carries for 56 yards and a touchdown while Hibbs carried six times for 50 yards. Goodon had five carries for 40 yards and a score while Lloyd carried three times for 38 yards and one score. Rouse rushed five times for 32 yards and a touchdown.

Clark completed 6-12 passes for 116 yards and two touchdowns. Hibbs led the Warriors in receiving with two catches for 36 yards and a touchdown.

Manila will return to action Friday night when they travel to McCrory for a 7:00 kickoff.

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